Child rioters, some as young as 12-years-old, were among 153 arrested at a single high school as violent protests over the President’s policies threaten all-out anarchy in Paris. Terrifying footage shows riot police armed with batons guarding the youngsters from the Lycée Saint-Exupéry high school in Mante-la-Jolie - 30 miles west of the capital. The officers are heard shouting at the children and threatening them with violent disorder charges, including "participation in an armed crowd".
Some of the youngsters were armed with heavy clubs, baseball bats and teargas canisters.
They had allegedly been part of a nationwide day of action aimed at blockading schools and colleges in opposition to reform of the education system, and also in support of the so-called ‘Yellow Vest’ demonstrators.
The law enforcement became so great that offices actually ran out of handcuffs, forcing them to take the arrested pupils to a holding area close to the school, before being taken to nearby police stations.
On Thursday, the Interior Ministry revealed nearly 280 schools were impacted by the increasing violence, 45 of which were blocked.
Emmanuel Macron: Youngsters are shown on their knees with hands behind their heads (Image: FACEBOOK )
Emmanuel Macron: Riot police armed with batons guarded the children (Image: FACEBOOK)
The latest footage will heap yet more shock and embarrassment on Emmanuel Macron as he struggles to control the escalating crisis.
A source at the Ministry said: “Some 700 school pupils were arrested across France in connection with high school protests on Thursday.
“The most arrests were at the Lycée Saint-Exupéry in Mante-la-Jolie, where there were a total of 153 arrests of pupils born between 1998 and 2006."